28 Notable alumni of
Northeastern State University

Northeastern State University is 1834th in the world, 633rd in North America, and 596th in the United States by aggregated alumni prominence. Below is the list of 28 notable alumni from Northeastern State University sorted by their wiki pages popularity. The directory includes famous graduates and former students along with research and academic staff.

  1. Carrie Underwood

    Carrie Underwood
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1983-.. (age 39)
    Occupations
    singeractorsinger-songwritercomposermusician
    Biography

    Carrie Marie Underwood is an American singer and songwriter. She rose to prominence after winning the fourth season of American Idol in 2005. Her single "Inside Your Heaven" made her the only country artist to debut atop the Billboard Hot 100 chart and the only solo country artist in the 2000s to have a number-one song on the Hot 100. Her debut album, Some Hearts (2005), was bolstered by the successful crossover singles "Jesus, Take the Wheel" and "Before He Cheats", becoming the best-selling solo female debut album in country music history. She won three Grammy Awards for the album, including Best New Artist. The next studio album, Carnival Ride (2007), had one of the biggest opening weeks of all time by a female artist and won two Grammy Awards. Her third studio album, Play On (2009), was preceded by the single "Cowboy Casanova", which had one of the biggest single-week upward movements on the Hot 100.

  2. Bill Bright

    Bill Bright
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1921-2003 (aged 82)
    Occupations
    theologianauthorwriter
    Biography

    William R. Bright was an American evangelist. In 1951 at the University of California, Los Angeles he founded Campus Crusade for Christ as a ministry for university students. In 1952 he wrote The Four Spiritual Laws. In 1979 he produced the film Jesus.

  3. Bill John Baker

    Bill John Baker
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1952-.. (age 70)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Bill John Baker is the previous Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation. First elected in October 2011, Baker defeated three-term incumbent Chief Chad "Corntassel" Smith. Prior to his election as Chief, Baker served 12 years on the Cherokee Tribal Council. In 1999, Baker unsuccessfully ran for Deputy Chief of the Cherokee Nation.

  4. Drew Edmondson

    Drew Edmondson
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1946-.. (age 76)
    Occupations
    lawyer
    Biography

    William Andrew Edmondson is an American lawyer and politician from the state of Oklahoma. A member of the Democratic Party, Edmondson served as the 16th Attorney General of Oklahoma from 1995 to 2011. Prior to his election as state attorney general, he served as district attorney for Muskogee County, Oklahoma, from 1983 to 1992. He was defeated twice in campaigns for U.S. Congress in Oklahoma's 2nd congressional district, where his father Ed Edmondson served from 1953 to 1973.

  5. Kimberly Teehee

    Kimberly Teehee
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1966-.. (age 56)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Kimberly Teehee is an American attorney, politician, and activist on Native American issues. She is a Delegate-designate to the U.S. House of Representatives from the Cherokee Nation. She served as senior policy advisor for Native American affairs in the administration of President Barack Obama from 2009 to 2012. In February of 2020, she was named by Time as one of 16 activists fighting for a "More Equal America."

  6. Shawntel Smith

    Shawntel Smith
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1971-.. (age 51)
    Occupations
    modelbeauty pageant contestant
    Biography

    Shawntel Smith Wuerch is an American beauty pageant contestant, who was Miss America in 1996. She was born in Muldrow, Oklahoma. She attended Oklahoma City University.

  7. Lisa Johnson Billy

    Lisa Johnson Billy
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1967-.. (age 55)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Lisa Johnson Billy is a Chickasaw-American politician who represented Oklahoma House of Representatives District 42, which includes Cleveland, Garvin, Grady and McClain Counties, from 2004 to 2016. She served as deputy whip and vice chair of the Republican Caucus. Billy was "termed out" after completing her twelfth year in 2016.

  8. Chuck Hoskin

    Chuck Hoskin
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1952-.. (age 70)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Chuck Hoskin is a former member of the Oklahoma House of Representatives from the 6th district, which includes parts of Craig, Mayes, and Rogers counties. He served as a whip for the Democratic caucus. He is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, and he served from 1995-2007 as a member of the Tribal Council, and in 2011 became Chief of Staff for the Principal Chief, Baker. In 2019 his son, Chuck Hoskin Jr., was elected Principal Chief of Cherokee Nation.

  9. Glenn Coffee

    Glenn Coffee
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1967-.. (age 55)
    Occupations
    lawyerpolitician
    Biography

    Virgil Glenn Coffee is an American lawyer and Republican politician from the U.S. state of Oklahoma. Coffee was the 30th Oklahoma Secretary of State, having been appointed by Governor Mary Fallin. He served from January 10, 2011 until he resigned effective February 1, 2013. He was the first Republican President Pro Tempore, having previously served as a Co-President Pro Tempore during the previous legislature.

  10. Joan Hill

    Joan Hill
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1930-2020 (aged 90)
    Occupations
    painter
    Biography

    Joan Hill, also known as Che-se-quah, was a Muscogee Creek artist of Cherokee ancestry. She was one of the most awarded Native American women artists in the 20th century.

  11. Steve Crawford

    Steve Crawford
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1958-.. (age 64)
    Occupations
    baseball player
    Biography

    Steven Ray Crawford is a former pitcher in Major League Baseball who played for two teams from 1980 through 1991. Listed at 6 feet 5 inches (196 cm), 225 pounds (102 kg) he batted and threw right-handed. Crawford started his professional career with Winston-Salem in the Class-A Carolina League. He pitched in 19 games, started 14, and sported a 9–5 record with a 3.44 ERA. One of his teammates, Michael Moore, called Crawford “Shag” because of his bushy long hair and mustache, and the nickname stuck.

  12. John Sullivan

    John Sullivan
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1965-.. (age 57)
    Enrolled in Northeastern State University
    In 1992 graduated with Bachelor of Business Administration
    Occupations
    politicianreal estate agent
    Biography

    John A. Sullivan is an American politician who was the U.S. representative for Oklahoma's 1st congressional district (based in the Tulsa area) from 2002 to 2013. He is a member of the Republican Party.

  13. Mary Golda Ross

    Mary Golda Ross
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1908-2008 (aged 100)
    Enrolled in Northeastern State University
    Graduated with licentiate
    Occupations
    mathematicianaerospace engineer
    Biography

    Mary Golda Ross was the first known Native American female engineer, and the first female engineer in the history of Lockheed. She was one of the 40 founding engineers of the renowned and highly secretive Skunk Works project at Lockheed Corporation. She worked at Lockheed from 1942 until her retirement in 1973, where she was best remembered for her work on aerospace design – including the Agena Rocket program – as well as numerous "design concepts for interplanetary space travel, crewed and uncrewed Earth-orbiting flights, the earliest studies of orbiting satellites for both defense and civilian purposes." In 2018, she was chosen to be depicted on the 2019 Native American $1 Coin by the U.S. Mint celebrating American Indians in the space program.

  14. Ardina Moore

    Ardina Moore
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1930-.. (age 92)
    Occupations
    fashion designer
    Biography

    Ardina Moore is a Quapaw-Osage Native American from Miami, Oklahoma. She is a Quapaw language speaker and has developed a heritage preservation program to teach the language to younger tribal members.

  15. Ruthe Blalock Jones

    Ruthe Blalock Jones
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1939-.. (age 83)
    Occupations
    painterteacher
    Biography

    Ruthe Blalock Jones is a Delaware-Shawnee-Peoria painter and printmaker from Oklahoma.

  16. Joe A. Rector

    Joe A. Rector
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1935-2012 (aged 77)
    Occupations
    painter
    Biography

    Joe A. Rector was born in Muskogee, Oklahoma. He is apart of the Cherokee ancestry. He lived in Muskogee and Tulsa, Oklahoma for most of his life, until he retired. Afterwards, he moved to Destin, Florida to be live near his children until the time of his death in 2012.

  17. Elizabeth Ann Nalley

    Elizabeth Ann Nalley
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    20th Century
    Occupations
    chemist
    Biography

    Elizabeth Ann Nalley is an American chemist and professor of chemistry at Cameron University in Lawton, Oklahoma.

  18. William Grady Stigler

    William Grady Stigler
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1891-1952 (aged 61)
    Enrolled in Northeastern State University
    Studied in 1912
    Occupations
    politicianlawyercity attorney
    Biography

    William Grady Stigler was an American politician and a U.S. Representative from Oklahoma.

  19. Ted Risenhoover

    Ted Risenhoover
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1934-2006 (aged 72)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Theodore Marshall "Ted" Risenhoover was a community newspaper publisher and American politician representing northeastern Oklahoma in the United States House of Representatives for two terms during 1975–1979.

  20. Sharron Ahtone Harjo

    Sharron Ahtone Harjo
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1945-.. (age 77)
    Occupations
    painter
    Biography

    Marcelle Sharron Ahtone Harjo is a Kiowa painter from Oklahoma. Her Kiowa name, Sain-Tah-Oodie, translates to "Killed With a Blunted Arrow." In the 1960s and 1970s, she and sister Virginia Stroud were instrumental in the revival of ledger art, a Plains Indian narrative pictorial style on paper or muslin.

  21. Jim Barker

    Jim Barker
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1935-2005 (aged 70)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Jim L. Barker was a Democratic politician from the U.S. state of Oklahoma. He is the only state representative to serve four times as Speaker of the Oklahoma House of Representatives.

  22. Bill Brown

    Bill Brown
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1944-.. (age 78)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Bill Brown is a Republican politician from Oklahoma who was a member of the Oklahoma Senate. A native of Henryetta, Oklahoma, he lives in Broken Arrow and represented District 36. He cannot run for reelection in 2018 because of state term limits law.

  23. Bob Davis

    Bob Davis
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1952-.. (age 70)
    Occupations
    baseball player
    Biography

    Robert John Eugene Davis is a retired professional baseball player who played eight seasons for the San Diego Padres, Toronto Blue Jays, and California Angels of Major League Baseball.

  24. Jane Osti

    Jane Osti
    Occupations
    potterartist
    Biography

    Jane Osti is a native Cherokee artist from Tahlequah, Oklahoma, United States. She specializes in traditional Cherokee pottery with unique embellishments and designs. In 2005, Osti was one of the youngest Cherokee artists to be appointed as a Living Treasure by Cherokee Nation. Currently, Osti teaches and creates her own pottery in her studio in downtown Tahlequah.

  25. James R. Floyd

    James R. Floyd
    Occupations
    businessperson
    Biography

    James R. Floyd was the chief executive of the Muscogee Nation located in Okmulgee, Oklahoma. Floyd won 2,964 votes constituting 62% of the votes in the 2015 general elections, which took place on November 2, 2015, to beat incumbent Chief George Tiger. On January 2, 2016 Floyd was sworn in as Muscogee (Creek) Nation principal chief by MCN Supreme Court Chief Justice Andrew Adams III during an inauguration ceremony at the Mvskoke Dome in Okmulgee, Oklahoma. His term officially began on January 4, 2016.

  26. Barbara Staggs

    Barbara Staggs
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1940-2014 (aged 74)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Barbara Masterson Staggs was a longtime educator in Muskogee, Oklahoma and a legislator in the Oklahoma House of Representatives. During her time in the legislature, Staggs assisted as a member of the Common Education Committee and was integral in passing many bills, such as one that lead to the creation of the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame in Muskogee.

  27. Sandy Fife Wilson

    Sandy Fife Wilson
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1950-.. (age 72)
    Occupations
    teacherfashion designerartist
    Biography

    Sandy Fife Wilson is a Muscogee (Creek) art educator, fashion designer and artist. After graduating from the Institute of American Indian Arts and Northeastern Oklahoma State University, she became an art teacher, first working in the public schools of Dewey, Oklahoma. When Josephine Wapp retired as the textile instructor at the Institute of American Indian Arts, Wilson was hired to teach the design courses. After three years, in 1979, she returned to Oklahoma and taught at Chilocco Indian School until it closed and then worked in the Morris Public School system until her retirement in 2009.

  28. Ron Tarver

    Ron Tarver
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1953-.. (age 69)
    Enrolled in Northeastern State University
    Graduated with bachelor's degree in journalism and graphic arts
    Occupations
    photographerphotojournalistuniversity teacherjournalistvisual artist
    Biography

    Ronald Tarver (born 1957) is an American artist and educator. He was the first Black photographer at the Muskogee Phoenix and also worked at the Springfield News-Leader in Missouri (1980-1983), before joining the Philadelphia Inquirer. His career at the Inquirer in Philadelphia, PA spans more than three decades (1983-2014). Tarver currently serves as Associate Professor of Art specializing in photography at Swarthmore College.